Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Elie Wiesel, in the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, tells his experience of being forced into a concentration camp during the mass extermination of the Jewish people. He faces many obstacles as a fifteen year old boy in such harsh conditions. In a place where everyone is fending for themselves and he must do so as well. Weisel must now forget his old life and take on the number A-7713 as his new identity. Because of what he had to go through, he had to learn to adapt and become more aware of how serious his situation was. Therefore, his response to the events that he had to go through were justifiable since he was not prepared for what was to come. The start of Ellie’s new life in the Auschwitz concentration camp, was a big change for someone his age. He experiences new things that a person his age shouldn’t have to. Wiesel sees his own people dying or dead. His family was able to stick together until arriving at the new camp where women and children stayed together while men had to be in another area. Elie is actually fifteen years old during this time, but a stranger had told him and father that they needed to lie about their age in order to be given an assignment in the camp that would most likely guarantee them a better chance at survival. All men were required to shave their heads, get a number assigned to them, and work hard labor. Despite the grim circumstance he was in, Elie started to realize what had to be done in order to prioritize his father's survival and his

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